Odisha CM officiates digital cabinet meeting from Japan

CM Naveen Patnaik takes some key decisions from Kyoto during his business trip to Japan.

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is on his business tour to Japan since April 4, officiated first of its kind digital cabinet meeting from the Japanese city of Kyoto today.

Patnaik, who is leading a high level delegation in Japan with a purpose to explore investment opportunities from Japan for Odisha, took some key decisions in first digital cabinet during the foreign trip.

While the CM chaired the cabinet meeting through digital mode, his cabinet colleagues joined the meeting remotely.

This is first such digital cabinet meet wherein the Chief Minister held the meeting from foreign location with files processed and documents signed through the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN), entirely through digital mode, a release from the Chief Minister’s Office stated.

The cabinet ministers discussed the decisions threadbare before giving nod to the decisions on digitally, leveraging this unique platform.

“We have been pioneer in leveraging latest technology as part of our 5T charter to improve the effectiveness of the governance systems and delivery of public services. Technology has served as an enabling tool in transforming delivery of good governance and public goods and services,” Patnaik said.

Stressing on the digital governance, he said, “Technology now allows governance delivery on the go. Technology has eliminated the need of physical presence in a collaborative environment within the government. This digital cabinet pushes the boundary of technology and speed of governance.”

OSWAN is the critical information technology backbone of state which can facilitate carrying data, video and voice traffic, facilitating inter/ intra-departmental communication and data sharing. The innovative platform enables government officials to collaborate on documents, share feedback, and track changes in real-time, making it easier to work together on projects and initiatives.

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